The Gender Binary Is a Big Lie

Infinite Identities around the World

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Pub Date Aug 06 2024 | Archive Date Jul 31 2024

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What if you discovered that the whole concept of a gender binary is an illusion?

While many people identify as men or women, that is not all there is. The idea that all humans fall into one of two gender categories is largely a construct created by those who benefit from that belief. The reality is that gender is naturally diverse, falling inside and outside of those boxes, and more expansive ideas of gender have always existed.

In the second book of the Queer History Project, The Gender Binary Is a Big Lie: Infinite Identities around the World, author Lee Wind uses historical evidence and primary sources—poetry, ancient burial sites, firsthand accounts, and news stories—to explore gender roles and identities. Gender identities and physical bodies are as diverse as the human experience. Get ready to shatter those preconceived notions of nothing but a gender binary and dive deep into expressions of gender—both past and present—that reveal the infinite variety and beauty of everyone’s gender.

What if you discovered that the whole concept of a gender binary is an illusion?

While many people identify as men or women, that is not all there is. The idea that all humans fall into one of two...


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This title is also available as a library bound for $39.99 (ISBN: 9781728414539).

This title is also available as a library bound for $39.99 (ISBN: 9781728414539).


Advance Praise

"Wind's accessible and informative deep dive into the history (and the now) of gender around the world will open eyes and minds."—Rob Bittner, LGBTQ+ Literature Advocate and Educator

"Lee Wind uses an easy-to-understand, engaging voice to teach young readers the important truth that there have always been more than two genders. While also developing the reader's skills for thoughtful historical analysis on any subject, Wind shares well-researched, fascinating stories and concepts for any well-rounded education. The Gender Binary Is a Big Lie belongs in every classroom, library, and bookshelf."—Sarah Prager, author of Queer, There, and Everywhere, Rainbow Revolutionaries, and A Child's Introduction to Pride

"This book is a must-read for anyone interested in gender & the history of gender diversity around the world. As a Brit intersex, non-binary & transmasc creativity & mental health coach in Hollywood, I feel seen and happy to know more of our contributions to humanity—lots to be proud about!" —Seven Graham, Producer, Writer, Actor

"Wind's accessible and informative deep dive into the history (and the now) of gender around the world will open eyes and minds."—Rob Bittner, LGBTQ+ Literature Advocate and Educator

"Lee Wind uses an...


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I cannot recommend this book enough! In this fast paced world. this is a highly important book for teens and adults to read. It is sad that so many people think that non binary and LGBT issues are made up or wrong. I hope to live in a world one day, where discrimination like this is extinct. Perhaps it would be good for those close minded people to read this book as well.


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What an enlightening read! Extremely informative and encompassing. This book is a solid foundation for learning about the many different genders—the past and the present of gender roles and labeling within various social structures. Lots of research and science, but everything is presented clearly. There are even notations in the margins that help further clarify some of the more complex ideas.

It is important to note that this is a scholarly examination of gender, with the feel of an academic textbook—slow, but educational.

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I've never understood why people want to make gender political. Even in elementary school science, we learned that there were variations in sex and gender. That's just basic.
But this book tells about so much more! There was clearly a lot of research done here because there is information from around the world about many cultures that have recognized multiple genders. There are also other topics such as eunuchs, proving that gender identity has so many possibilities. One of my favorites was the women warriors in Africa, and I also liked the section that put the spotlight on remarkable individuals.
Even though this is written simply enough for younger people, it has enough information to keep anyone interested. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley.
A wonderful addition to my lgbtq nonfiction library. Thank you.

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I LOVED THIS.

I’m a freelance educator who does short term arts workshops with kids in underserved communities as well as a DEI consultant in NYC and this book will be recommended by me to be ordered by every institution I work with.

This was bright, funny, engaging, honest, factual, and didn’t talk to kids like they’re stupid. We need more books just like this and STAT.

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4.5 stars /

This book has a broad historical scope analyzing gender and society’s pressure on gender expression. Some of this I knew thanks to my History of Gender and Sexuality course I took last semester in college, while other chapters I had no idea about.

There were some word or phrase definitions beside the text in a way that reminded me of elementary school textbooks, which was a little demeaning but it did occasionally help. The page layouts were quite playful but not too distracting once one gets settled into the book.

It seems like a great reference. Detailed, too. It also feels well researched which is always a good thing for books like these.

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